Women of the Middle East
The women of the Middle East are very interesting to look in to. They are not just another person or treated by the same standards like they are treated here in the United States. There is a lot of controversy and fighting for women’s rights throughout the Middle East. They have an extreme lack of power there and they are fighting to change that. It is not right that women are such inferior people over there because they are no different than any other female in this world. Sexism plays a big role in the Middle East and the women are getting sick of putting up with this treatment. This is a big part of what I will be looking into in the research paper: “What kind of role do women play in a typical Middle Eastern society?” I will also analyze a typical Middle Eastern woman’s daily life and I will also look into their dress. There dress is unlike any other place in the world. When I see a veil, I automatically think about a Middle Eastern woman, as the veil is kind of like the symbol of Middle Eastern women’s dress.
The first issue I will address when examining women in the Middle East is their rights. I have always been under the impression that women couldn’t do certain things that are freedoms in the United States, like dressing however you may wish, because of their religion. Most women’s religion over there is Islam. Actually through research I have discovered that religion is not what holds back Middle Eastern women. The Quran actually has given Middle Eastern women many important rights that even women here in the United States and the West in general didn’t have until fairly recently when you look back through history. For example, Muslim women have always been able to retain their own assets, while the property of women in England was given to their husbands once they married all the way up until 1882 (Global Connections). Also, “Muslim women in many countries kept their own...
April 10, 2012
Discrimination against women in the MiddleEast
Discrimination against women, should it be acceptable in today’s world? Discrimination has been going on for centuries especially in foreign countries. In Africa, Asia, and the MiddleEast, there are plenty forms of discriminations whether it is occupational, gender, racial etc. After September 11th though, discrimination against the MiddleEast has greatly increased especially in women. In foreign countries men are known to rule which causes neither independence nor freedom for women and they are discriminated through religion, sex, arranged or force marriages and even race. This essay will hopefully persuade others around the world to know that women should not be treated as “second class” citizens and instead be treated equally just like the rest.
The word hijab comes from the Arabic word ‘hajaba’, which means to hide or screen from view or to cover. But it is mostly referred to as a woman’s headscarf and sometimes it is used more generally to refer to the practice of wearing modest clothing in relation to religious beliefs. There has been a lot of discrimination on the views of the hijab also known as a head covering. Muslim women have been prohibited from wearing...
...Religion and Women in the MiddleEast
Religion goes hand in hand with culture, and in the Muslim countries this is very apparent. The cultural importance of men over women may have stemmed from religion, however it was further recognized when imperialist countries introduced capitalism and class divides. “Islam must combat the wrenching impact of alien forces whose influence in economic, political, and cultural permutations continues to prevail” (Stowasser 1994, 5). Now, instead of an agrarian state where both men and women had their place, difficulties have formed due to the rise in education and awareness that women can and do have a place in society beyond domestic living Though women are not equal to men anywhere around the world, the differences between men and women are greater possibly in the Muslim world, partially due to religion and culture. “Fewer women are educated in the Muslim world than in other culture areas...The percentage of women working other than agriculture is probably the smallest in the world, the birth rate the highest, and the laws regarding marriage and related matters most unequal” (Stowasser 1994, 5). Though, of recent years inequality has been blamed on the Islamic religion, gender inequalities were in the MiddleEast before Islam. However, by radical groups and male...
...Women Rights of the MiddleEast
“Life is full of unhappiness and most of it caused by women (Harik and Marston 11)”. For women in the MiddleEast life is faced with great and unequal odds, as their human rights are limited, due to Islamic beliefs and that of patriarchy. From their daily actions at home to their physical appearance, Middle Eastern women are portrayed as quiet, faceless women veiled from head to toe. While this image is just another stereotype, women in the middle do face many obstacles and challenges of creating their own identity as they are frequently denied a voice in their rights. Living in a society dominated by men life is not, but regardless women in the MiddleEast, predominantly Muslims, continue to fight for change as they balance their traditional roles with those of modern society.
In the MiddleEast a person’s religion is a way of life, the basis of their identity. It defines a person’s beliefs and morality as it sets strong guidelines for behaviors between both men and women. Without Religion, it is said society would “fall apart” forgetting about their God and responsibilities that carry their honor. For many religious Middle easterners their faith gives them a powerful sense...
...company, the opportunities are endless. Women in America are now set at ease with laws that protect their rights from being violated and discriminated against just for being female. Unfortunately not every place in the world is as lucky as the women here in the US. The rights of Muslim women in the MiddleEast are despicably being violated in many different ways. Many people foolishly argue that it is how they were raised in the MiddleEast, and that their equality is on the rise.
How women present themselves in the MiddleEast can be a reflection on their religious beliefs they are exposed to. Islam is one of the more dominant religions of the people in the MiddleEast. The Muslim people of the MiddleEast also seem to be the most prominent follower of this religion. (Armstrong 20) Religion in the MiddleEast is the basis of what the Muslim people live for. There are several different version and beliefs that break off from the Islamic religion. The more traditional version of Islam (strict version of Koran) make cases where women are raped and murdered considered acceptable. For Example, in Egypt if a woman is caught or even thought to have an affair with someone outside their marriage she could be killed by her family, this is called...
...Women’s right in the MiddleEast has always been an arguable issue. Although there rights have been changed throughout the centuries they were never really compared equal to men or no one really accepted them. Especially for women in the MiddleEast, they barely had any rights in culture, education or other aspects of their lives.
In the book, Women in the MiddleEast, a Saudi Arabian proverb states, "A girl possesses nothing but a veil and a tomb" (Harik and Marston 83). The key words, "veil" and "tomb" lend evidence to the fact that many Middle Eastern women lack identity symbolized by the “veil” and lack the right of ownership except for their veil and the tomb. This statement further enforces the notion that many women in the MiddleEast are expected to serve and tolerate the oppression of the men in their lives throughout their lives on this earth. Moreover, it confirms that many of these women do not get the opportunity to obtain education, join the work force, and even participate in the political affairs of the country. This arrangement further helps the Middle Eastern men to view women as their properties, servants, or even as slaves. Ultimately, there are three main reasons why Middle Eastern men engage in the act of oppressing...
...Women in the MiddleEast
Are women dumber than men? Are men better than women? Do religions, any religion, support the idea of men's power over women? These are some of the questions that cross our minds every day. Questions about society, men women, and how are they connected to religion, tradition, and culture. However, maybe women in the MiddleEast tend to think more about these questions because let's face it they are lagging behind. Some would say they are not, actually personally I faced a lot of people who said that this topic is old and women in the Arabic world are completely satisfied with their social conditions. Are they really satisfied? Percentages and statistics show that women in the MiddleEast rank the lowest in terms of empowerment and jobs. Rubih (2010) states that "the Arab world only had 32 percent of its women in the labor force in 2005" (p. 327). The quote here is a statistic that shows how little women's participation in work in the MiddleEast is. These logical facts are directly in the face of people. However, there are a lot more aspects for the issue. What do people think about stereotyping about women? What are the social limits for women in the Middle...
...Women In The MiddleEast And Africa
Gender inequality has maintained the suppression of women worldwide and unfortunately has impacted third world countries with the greatest magnitude. Everyday in these countries there are countless occurrences of physical, emotional, and psychological abuse that must be acknowledged as a primary concern for the world to help overcome. It is however important to recognize specific cultural and religious practices of gender hierarchy that are accepted by women in these countries. While keeping this in mind it is of paramount importance to keep sight of the consequences of abusing these cultural practices at the expense of women’s liberation and development.
Ever since the beginning of mankind, women could not enjoy the status equal to men, however, in the present era of modernization and globalization women have earned a lot of social, economical, political as well as legal recognition and status. Though, all these advantages are most enjoyed in the First World countries that are not only economically, socially and politically developed but also technologically advanced and modernized states of the globe. On the other hand women of the developing countries (Third World Countries) are not as privileged and lack basic social, economical and political rights, varying from country to country depending upon the social and...
The middleeast is characterized by several features that makes it a unique part of the
world. The middleeast is considered as the ancient world where the ancient Egyptians
lived and built their magnificent pyramids.in addition, The Middle Eastern region, like
every other, is socially constructed based on race, language and religion. The region,
which by most accounts spans from Morocco to Iran, is called the MiddleEast as a
reference to its geographic relationship to Europe and East Asia (not western, nor far
eastern). The place is lumped into a single region because the majority shares an ethnicity
(Arab), religion (Islam) and language (Arabic, though Iran speaks Persian. What makes it
difficult for foreigners to come in close contact to the middleeast and discover the culture
of their locals is the fact that it is an unstabilized part of the world which went through
lots of wars thought history example of these wars are the war between Egypt and Israel,
iraq and Iran and a huge number of countless wars throughout the history of the Middle.
east. Furthermore, the middle...